India’s largest hospitality company, Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), will open a Vivanta hotel at Heathrow Airport in London in partnership with Hayre Group Limited. A significant milestone for IHCL and the Vivanta brand, this hotel will cater to the upscale segment of business and leisure travellers.
The new Vivanta hotel is a Greenfield project slated to open in 2021, located across from Terminals 1, 2 and 3 at Heathrow Airport. The hotel will have approximately 108 rooms, an all-day-diner, a bar and lounge, gym as well as banqueting and meeting space facilities. Additionally, the hotel will house the fourth outpost of the legendary restaurant, Bombay Brasserie, famed for its authentic, eclectic Bombay and Indian cuisine.
Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the Company opened its first hotel – the Taj Mahal Palace – in Bombay in 1903. IHCL operates 170 hotels including 25 under development globally across four continents, 12 countries and in over 80 locations. It is among South Asia’s largest Indian hospitality company by market capitalisation.
“The first Indian hospitality company to foray into the UK”
Commenting on the agreement, Puneet Chhatwal, managing director and CEO, IHCL said: “IHCL was the first Indian hospitality company to foray into the UK with the iconic St. James’ Court hotel in 1982. Today, we are proud to partner with Hayre Group Limited in bringing the first Vivanta branded hotel to London. This signing is in line with our growth strategy of adding hotels in key locations globally.”
Talwinder Hayre, director, Hayre Group Limited, added: “We are delighted to partner with IHCL in introducing the Vivanta brand to the UK market. We look forward to bringing the legendary Indian hospitality to London Heathrow, one of the busiest airports in the world.”
IHCL also operates the St. James’ Court hotel, A Taj Hotel, and the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, in London, located footsteps from Buckingham Palace.